Madigan's new 'nice guy' image doesn't wash, GOP says
House Speaker Michael Madigan’s "nasty-to-nice makeover" isn't fooling anyone, the Illinois Republican Party contends in a recent press release on Madgan's new Facebook presence.
“Illinoisans are keenly aware of the real Mike Madigan and they know he's bad news,” the GOP said. “Madigan has been described as 'the constant in key decisions that created the mess.' Under Madigan's watch, Illinois has seen massive tax hikes, out of control pension debt, and the worst-in-the-nation out-migration.”
The GOP added quotes from state newspapers that also didn't appear to buy into his new profile.
"The alleged explanation for the warm, welcoming Michael Madigan is that he’s launched a website, www.madiganforus.com, that attempts to soften his image as a cutthroat politician," the Chicago Tribune said. "He also has a Facebook page and an email address. This is big news. Until recently, Madigan famously didn’t use digital technology, email or social media.
"...We wonder if, following the photo shoot with the kids, he handed them each a bill for $45,500. That’s how much accumulated state debt a 2016 Truth in Accounting study determined each Illinois taxpayer owes."